Teeth Whitening Inverness

What is tooth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a process where the tooth discolouration is ‘whitened’ to a lighter shade. It removes the staining agent through chemical means. It is a safe procedure when carried out under professional supervision.

Treatment results usually depend on the severity of the discolouration. Both vital (i.e. live) and non-vital teeth (e.g. tooth with root removed) can be bleached and may take several visits to complete.

How long do the results last?

By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily, and occasional touch-ups with Zoom! Weekender or Nite White gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available only through your dental professional.

Are there any side effects?

Sensitivity during the treatment may occur with some patients. The Zoom! light generates minimal heat which is the usual source of discomfort. On rare occasions, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the procedure, but always dissipate. You can also ask your dentist to supply you with anti-sensitivity toothpaste for use prior to teeth whitening treatment.

What causes tooth discoloration?

There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.

Who may benefit from teeth whitening?

Almost anyone. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Your dental professional can determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure through a thorough oral exam, including a shade assessment.

Is whitening safe?

Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Zoom! is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

Which method should I use?

Teeth can discolour for various reasons. Dr Agnieszka Milbauer  will recommend the most ideal method based on your oral condition after an in-office examination to establish the cause and nature of your tooth discolouration, as well as provide you with more information on the various types of whitening procedures available, duration & frequency of treatment.

When might whitening not work?

Whitening works on natural teeth. It will not work on any type of ‘false’ teeth. This includes dentures, crowns and veneers or even fillings.

What about whitening toothpaste?

There are now several whitening toothpastes you can buy. Although they do not affect the natural colour of the tooth, they are effective at removing staining and therefore improving the overall appearance of the tooth. Whitening toothpaste may also help to keep up the appearance, once teeth have been professionally whitened.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers

are a thin, custom-made layer of tooth-coloured porcelain or ceramic designed to fit over the front surface of teeth to improve the overall appearance of teeth.

They can be placed to:

  • correct poorly formed or mildly mal-positioned teeth
  • close gaps between teeth
  • mask internal stains
  • restore partially broken-down teeth

What are the advantages of porcelain veneers?

Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy. They are very thin and are held in place by a special strong bond so very little preparation of the tooth is needed.

What about alternatives?

A natural-coloured filling material can be used for minor repairs to front teeth. This is excellent where the tooth supports the filling, but may not work so well for broken tooth corners. There will always be a join between the tooth and the filling material.
Crowns are used for teeth that need to be strengthened – either because they have broken, have been weakened by a very large filling, or have had root canal treatment.

How long will a veneer last?

Veneers should last for many years, but they can chip or break, just as your own teeth can. Small chips can be repaired, or a new veneer fitted if necessary.

How are teeth prepared for a veneer?

Some of the enamel surface of the tooth may be removed, to make sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently in place later. The amount of enamel removed is tiny and will be in most cases the same as the thickness of the veneer to be fitted, so that the tooth stays the same size. A local anaesthetic will be used to make sure that there is no discomfort. Once the tooth has been prepared, an impression will be taken. This will be given to the dental technician, along with any other information needed to make the veneer.

How long will it take?

A veneer takes at least two visits; the first to prepare the tooth and to match the shade, and the second to fit it. Before bonding it in place, your dentist will show you the veneer on your tooth to make sure you are happy with it. Bonding a porcelain veneer in place is done with a special adhesive, which holds it firmly on the tooth.

Will I need a temporary veneer between visits?

Because the preparation of the tooth is so slight you will probably not need a temporary veneer. The tooth will look very much the same after preparation, but will feel slightly less smooth. In some cases when preparation had to be deeper you will be provided with temporary veneers.

What happens after the veneer is fitted?

Only minor adjustments can be made to the veneer after it is fitted. It is usually best to wait a little while to get used to it before any changes are made. We may want to check and polish it a week or so after it is fitted, and to make sure that you are happy with it.

Da Vinci Veneers

What happens during the Da Vinci Porcelain Veneers™ restorative procedure? 

In most cases, patients need three appointments for the entire procedure: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.

Diagnosis and treatment planning

It is critical that you take an active role in the smile design. Spend time in the decision-making and planning of your smile. Ask questions and understand the corrective limitations of the procedure. If necessary, have more than one consultation to feel comfortable that your we understands your objectives.

Preparation of teeth

This appointment will take from one to four hours. To prepare the teeth for your da Vinci Veneers™, your teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anaesthetic. At this appointment, a mould is taken of the teeth, which is sent to a Da Vinci certified dental lab for the fabrication of the veneers. This should take no longer than two weeks for your new smile to be created. In most cases your dentist will fit you with a temporary smile during the fabrication of your new Da Vinci Veneers.

Bonding of your Da Vinci Veneers

This appointment will take about one or two hours. First, we place the veneers with water or glycerine on the teeth to check their fit and get a true sense of their shade or colour. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, make sure you view the aesthetic results and pay particular attention to the colour. At this point, the colour of the Da Vinci Veneers can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used.

The colour cannot be altered after veneers are cemented. To apply your Da Vinci Veneers, your teeth are cleaned with specific dental cleansers to achieve a firm and permanent bond. Then special cements are sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam initiates the release of a catalyst to harden the cement and your new smile is in place.

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Crowns

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What is a dental crown?

A crown is a cap placed over a tooth and held in place by dental adhesive or cement.

Crowns are used for several reasons:

  • as a protective cover for heavily decayed teeth or fractured teeth
  • as a permanent restoration for teeth with large fillings
  • to correct minor problems in natural teeth like spacing and irregular shape or severe discolouration.

What are crowns made from?

Crowns can be made from porcelain, ceramic or metal alloys. A combination of metal and ceramic is also used to maximize strength and simulate the appearance of natural teeth.

How are crowns made?

Firstly, the teeth are prepared. This involves reduction of the tooth size under local anaesthesia followed by an impression of the prepared tooth. This trimming of the tooth is required to create space for the crown to be fitted. The impression taken is then sent to a laboratory where a crown will be made. In the meantime, a temporary crown is made and fitted onto the prepared tooth.

At the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the tooth surfaces cleaned. The completed crown is tried on the tooth for fit and appearance. Finally, the crown is cemented onto the prepared tooth with a special dental cement.

How long do crowns last and how do I care for them?

The life of a crown will depend on how well it is looked after. The crown itself cannot decay, however, the underlying tooth is still prone to decay and gum disease. It is very important to keep this area as clean as your other teeth. Properly cared for crowns will last for many years.

Ceramic on the surface may chip or fracture. Avoid chewing excessively-hard substances like ice or bones. Daily brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining good oral health as well as keeping the crown trouble-free.

How long does the treatment take?

You will need to have at least two visits: the first for the preparation, impression, shade taking and fitting the temporary crown, and the second to fit the permanent crown.

Does it hurt to have a tooth prepared for a crown?

No. A local anaesthetic is used and the preparation should feel no different from a filling.

How are crowns fixed to teeth?

Once the fit and appearance of the crown has been checked – and approved by you – it will be cemented in place with special dental cement. The cement also forms a seal to help hold it firmly in place.

Will the crown feel different?

Because the shape of the crown will be slightly different from the shape of you tooth before it was crowned, you may be aware of it to begin with. Within a few days it should feel fine, and you will not notice it. The crown may need some adjustment if it feels higher than the surrounding teeth.

Cosmetic Dentures

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What is a denture?

A denture is an dental appliance which is worn to replace lost or missing teeth hepling to enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence.

A complete or full denture replaces all of the natural teeth in the upper or lower jaws.

A partial denture fills in the spaces created by lost or missing teeth and is attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps or so called precision attachments.

What is a denture made of?

The base of a denture is called a plate and can be made of acrylic (plastic) or metal. The teeth are made of acrylic and can be made to match your natural teeth. This is especially important in the case of partial dentures.

Will I be able to eat with dentures?

Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the denture from moving. As you become more used to your denture, add other foods until you return to your normal healthy diet.

Will dentures change how I speak?

Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating difficult words will help you out. Over time you will get used to it, so don’t worry!

How long should I wear my dentures?

During the first few days, you may be advised to wear them for most of the time, including while you are asleep. This will allow you to adjust to your new dentures and let them settle in. After that initial period you will be advised to remove them before going to bed. This allows your gums to rest.

Must I do anything special to care for my mouth?

YES. You still need to take good care of your mouth. Every morning and evening, brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft –bristled brush. This removes plaque and stimulates blood circulation in the mouth. It is vitally important that partial denture wearers brush their teeth thoroughly every day to prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to further teeth being lost.

What is the difference between conventional and Immediate Dentures?

Conventional dentures are made and inserted after teeth have been removed and the tissues have healed.
Immediate Dentures are inserted immediately after teeth have been removed. To do this, the dentist takes impressions of your mouth/gums during a first visit

An advantage of Immediate Dentures is that you do not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bone and gums shrink over time, especially during the first six months after teeth have been removed. When gums shrink, Immediate Dentures will require relining or even replacing to fit properly.

What will dentures feel like?

New dentures may feel a little awkward or even uncomfortable for a few weeks until you become used to them. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place.

You may also experience minor irritation or soreness during fert few days. As your mouth becomes used to the dentures, these problems should diminish. If any problems persist, particularly irritation or soreness contact your dentist as soon as possible.

How do I take care of my dentures?

yes. Like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food debris and plaque. Brushing helps also prevent dentures becoming stained. There are special denture cleaning brushes available but a soft bristled toothbrush can also be used. Avoid using hard-bristled brushes, which can cause damage.

Can Denture look natural?

Yes. The is no need to wear false looking denture anymore. With new materials, types of the teeth like Enigma teeth and colour tone technology we are able to provide you with Cosmetic dentures Now ! So don’t wait ! Give us a call now!

Zoom Laser Teeth Whitening

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What is tooth whitening?

It is a process where the tooth discolouration is ‘whitened’ to a lighter shade. It removes the staining agent through chemical means. It is a safe procedure when carried out under professional supervision.

Treatment results usually depend on the severity of the discolouration. Both vital (i.e. live) and non-vital teeth (e.g. tooth with root removed) can be bleached and may take several visits to complete.

How long do the results last?

By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily, and occasional touch-ups with Zoom! Weekender or Nite White gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available only through your dental professional.

Are there any side effects?

Sensitivity during the treatment may occur with some patients. The Zoom! light generates minimal heat which is the usual source of discomfort. On rare occasions, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the procedure, but always dissipate. You can also ask your dentist to supply you with anti-sensitivity toothpaste for use prior to treatment.

What causes tooth discolouration?

There are many causes. The most common include ageing and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.

Who may benefit from tooth whitening?

Almost anyone. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Your dental professional can determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure through a thorough oral exam, including a shade assessment.

Is whitening safe?

Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Zoom! is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

Which method should I use?

Teeth can discolour for various reasons. Dr Agnieszka Milbauer will recommend the most ideal method based on your oral condition after an in-office examination to establish the cause and nature of your tooth discolouration, as well as provide you with more information on the various types of whitening procedures available ( laser , home, night/day teeth whitening), duration & frequency of treatment.

When might whitening not work?

Whitening works on natural teeth. It will not work on any type of ‘false’ teeth. This includes dentures, crowns and veneers or even fillings.

What about whitening toothpaste?

There are now several whitening toothpastes you can buy. Although they do not affect the natural colour of the tooth, they are effective at removing staining and therefore improving the overall appearance of the tooth. Whitening toothpaste may also help to keep up the appearance, once teeth have been professionally whitened.